HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-14
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
June 13, 2011


HARTFORD - U.S. Housing and Urban Development New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields today
announced Connecticut will receive more than $1.5 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing in Greenwich and West Haven.

The FY 2011 Continuing Resolution significantly reduced overall funding for the CDBG and HOME programs compared
to last year. The nation's CDBG funding was reduced by more than $600 million, or approximately 16.5 percent, while the HOME program funding was reduced by more than $200 million, or approximately 11.7 percent.

"These programs are absolutely critical to communities across Connecticut," said HUD New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. "As we work under the challenges of our nation's deficit, we must also understand that these programs are essential in promoting community development, producing affordable housing, helping our
homeless and even supporting long-term disaster recovery."

The funding announced today includes:

  • $    862,196 to City of Greenwich in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds; and
  • $    669,865 to City of West Haven in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
  • $1,532,061 CT Total

Since 1974, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided approximately $132 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. Economic development, infrastructure, and the improvement of public facilities have traditionally been the largest uses of CDBG. It is also an important catalyst for job growth and business development. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to a statutory formula based on a community's population, poverty, and age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing.

HUD is instituting several important program priorities in the upcoming year. First, the Department's consolidated planning process will be enhanced. Largely unchanged since the mid-1990s, the 'Con Plan' will be simplified by integrating HUD's technology systems and eliminating the need to prepare a separate annual performance report. Second, HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development is moving rapidly to implement its unified OneCPD technical assistance process which is particularly important as many local governments continue to struggle with budgetary pressures resulting from the economic downturn. Finally, HUD is again urging grantees to consider the needs of returning veterans and their families in the design and administration of these formula programs.


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and


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